Saturday, July 30, 2011

Freeze Dance

The girls are too cute when they play like big kids!

Freeze Dance 072911 from Pelikan on Vimeo.
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Back to school! Suzan's, Anna's, Bethany's and Brielle's 1st day of Preschool!

The girlies were SO excited to go to their school and class today! It was cute! It sounds like they had a great time there! Actually, all 5 kids have good reports on their 1st days back to school - Yay!

The girlies, at home and ready to take off for school!The girls at school, waiting for their classroom to open. Can't wait!Suzan, all settled in and putting a puzzle togetherAnna having fun with a puzzle tooBethany putting her puzzle togetherAnd Brielle enjoying her puzzleThe girls all did great...no crying or clinging to Mama. You never know ;) It was funny to hear Bethany tell me yesterday and today "mama, i not cry at school. no, not cry." Ha! And she didn't - Yay!

Tonight at dinner, I'm sure our 5 kids will give me and Paul an earfull of school stories and how their 1st days went. So fun! Praise God for our wonderful teachers and schools!!
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Back to school! Jared's 1st day of 2nd grade!

Yes, it's back to school time for us! I can't believe it...how fast our summer break went! We had a good time and I will miss that time with the kids!

Jared is off to 2nd grade this morning! *Sigh* He's getting so big! He's excited about his class and his teacher, Mr. B. We are too! He and I talked this morning about being nervous yet excited about school. We prayed too, for him, his class and teacher and his school year. I can't wait to hear how his 1st day went!

Off to school!Playing on the playground before the bell ringsNow, it's the girls time for their class! Yes, they go back to school today too! They are excited, so much so they thought they were going when Jared was going this morning. Ha! ;)
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Honey!

Paul with Suzan, Bethany, Jared, Brielle and AnnaHappy Birthday to my sweetheart husband! :D You are an awesome and faithful man and the kids and I love and appreciate you and all that you do for us! Hope you had a great birthday with us silly kids and Mama ;)

The birthday cake request was Angel Food cake with whipped topping and strawberries - Yum! Thanks to America's Test Kitchen for the cake and strawberry topping recipes. SO good and super easy!

The cake, all ready for the oven!All done baking (for 50 minutes) and cooling (yes, upside down - SOP for baking Angel Food cake)Mmmm! Looking good! Ha!, looks like Bethany is ready for cake ;)Yummy!And now what's left after our family of 7 eats some ;)The kids were super excited for Dad's birthday, especially the girlies...."daddy, it's your birthday! you get to eat CAKE! Mama made it!" and "daddy, open your present and cards, daddy! Your present, over HERE!" Ha! ;) The kids got to make a sweet card for Paul :) Nothing like celebrating your birthday with your cute and sweet kids! :D

Thanks to Sarah T (babysitter) so that Paul and I got out for a birthday dinner. Yay! :)

We love Paul/Dad and are blessed that God gave him to us! Praising God for the man we love and care for!
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cousin Love!

We love our cousin Tyler! :D
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Happy 14th to Tyler!

Since my nephew (the kids' cousin) Tyler is in town we thought it would be fun to celebrate his birthday with him a bit early. He and Grammy came over for dinner and then we had cake with the birthday boy. I can't believe Tyler is turning 14 (in early August)! Ack! ;) He is such a great kid! And our kids LOVE cousin Tyler! We are blessed that we still get to see him (thanks to Grammy)!We've enjoyed having him here for his summer vacation. We got to swim with him several times, Jared has had sleep overs at Grammy's with him and Grammy and we went to the library with Tyler once. We'll miss him when he has to go back home but we look forward to seeing him again soon! We love you Tyler!!
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Bountiful Basil!

Basil coming out my ears from my garden! And I have at least 10x more of this still in the dirt! Yes, even in our hot AZ heat! Gotta find recipes/uses for it!
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lazy Saturday

Want to know what we did today, Saturday? Not much - Ha! ;) Here's a video of what the kids did this morning.

Lazy Saturday 071611 from Pelikan on Vimeo.
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Friday, July 15, 2011

A good summer break

We've had a good summer break so far. And for us, it's almost over :( Yes, the kids go back to school in ~10 days. It's been fun doing some cool things with them, such as...
  • Jared's baseball team won their division championship - Yay!
  • The kids did 4 weeks worth of swim lessons! This was our last and 4th week of them. Jared is now swimming in the deep/diving end and the girlies are going under and jumping into the water. Out of the girlies, Suzan is doing the best with swimming, doing all that the instructor wanted her to do like diving for rings, floating, "superman" glides and jumping into the pool. Very cool!
  • All kids completed the library's summer reading programs. They loved the prizes they got!
  • We've been to 11 events at the library...for storytimes, crafts, animal exhibits, puppet show, magic shows. They enjoyed them all!
  • We've played and swimmed with a few friends and family.
  • We enjoyed the 4th of July and fireworks at our church.
  • We've made a few crafts and enjoyed some yummy summer treats.
  • And Jared has enjoyed attending VBS this week.
Not much left for us to do this last week of break...maybe some more swimming with friends and family, playtime with friends or with each other, more crafts, getting our school supplies/clothes ready for school. Oh, and go to school for "meet the teacher" night. Yay!

I think I will miss the kids wondering what we have planned for the day. Every morning the girlies wake up and ask me "mama, what are we doing today? where are we going?" Ha! I guess I did keep them a bit busy this summer...busy enough for them to notice, at least ;)

Everyone enjoy the rest of your summer!
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Wildman Phil

Last week the kids and I met Grammy and cousin Tyler at our local library for a show by Wildman Phil. I didn't know what to expect, other than a gentleman coming in with some "animals" to show the kids and teaching the kids about the animals. Well, he brought in some interesting animals, for sure! Let's see...
  • 2 scorpions (one local kind and a black Emperor scorpion from Africa, I believe?)
  • a tarantula (local)
  • several kinds of lizards, local and from around the world (I remember the Collared Lizard, a Chameleon and a black lizard that would puff up as a defense mechanism)
  • 3.5 legged tortoise (it's 4th leg was gone so Wildman Phil gave him a small wheel for the leg ;) )
  • and a few snakes (the skin of a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (local here), a Corn Snake, some black snake that was super, super fast!, a King Snake and then a 13ft long female, I believe, Python).
Can I just say "Accckk!!!"? I said to my mom, Grammy, "hm, glad we are sitting in the back here!" We usually sit up front for these library events but I guess God knew I needed to be in the back row - Ha! ;)

After Wildman Phil's show he let the kids check out some of the animals. Jared pet the tortoise, held the Corn Snake (I still can't believe that!) and then was playing around with the Python. Oh my! I tried to get close to see the Python but every time she kept looking straight at me and started to make a beeline for my foot. Uh, no way! And then every time I side stepped she make a correction and kept going straight for me. I don't know what was so fascinating about me but I said "yeah, see ya snake!" ;)

Here's some pics (bad and a bit fuzzy since they came from my phone - sorry!) of Jared and cousin Tyler with the Python. Glad they had fun with the snake ;)

She first starts out in the tub but then quickly gets out. Eeeeek! Yes, that's Jared there :PNow she's all the way out and just "walking" around. Jared all comfortable with it :This is cousin Tyler. I think he was just petting her (chills/goosebumps just thinking about it!) It was fun and interesting, I will give it that! ;)
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The Ferris Wheel

Jared had a friend over yesterday and the two of them were trying to make this ferris wheel. Well, they didn't quite get it. So, Jared finished it up today. Pretty spiffy! :)Nothing like downtime in the summer with building things!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Crowns

We had a babysitter over on Sunday and so she and the girlies made some crowns. The girls wear these ALL.THE.TIME now! Ha! ;) Here's a cute video of them wearing the crowns.

Crowns 071111 from Pelikan on Vimeo

Of course, all I think of when I see them wear the crowns or say "crown" is the hymn "Crown Him with Many Crowns." I don't know why but that's what I start singing in my head. Ha! :D That and I think of the Bible passage in Revelations when the elders lay their crowns at Jesus' feet and give Him praise and worship. Amen to those kind of crowns!
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Catching Up!

Okay, so I'm trying to get caught up in my picture backlog on my camera card. I think I am caught up - Whew! They are...

Easter pics - check out these posts for the pics - Easter Decor & Happy Easter!
Jared's baseball team wins! - check out this post for the pics - We are the champions!

I also added the kids' birthday pics to their birthday posts, Jared's and the girls'. They turned out really cute! I also got a pic of all of them together, as the 5 of them share the same birthday month - March! ;)

Suzan, Jared, Bethany, Anna and BrielleHere's to being caught up! ;)
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We are the champions!

Back in the end of May and into June, Jared's baseball team played for the championship in their division. No way did I think, back in March when the season started, that Jared and his team would go all the way to the end and become the champs. But they did! All of those long hours of practice (at least 4hrs a week) and games (at least 1 game a week) paid off! They are the champs for their division! Yay!

Here are some pics from last month of their tournament games and then the last and winning game. Enjoy! :)

Jared played catcher during game 1. What a cute little catcher! :DGame 2 of the tournament. Yes, he played the catcher position againHere he is up at bat this gameI didn't take any pics of game 3 but got these of game 4 (the last and winning game of the tournament series). "Go Iron Pigs!" (**Suzan was cute yelling this at the games - Ha! ;) )

Dog pile! The boys had just won the game, 11-4, I believe. (That's Jared running up to the pile on the left ;)#7, that's our boy!Ha! One of the assistant coaches running into the pile...and he DID!The line up...Jared is 3rd from the rightJared getting an introduction from coachKudos to all of the coaches!!...2 of the assistant coachesOne of the other assistant coachesThe team! Jared on the right end. Coach is the man 2nd from the leftSilly boys :PParty afterwards! Yay! MUCH deserved for all of their hard work!Jared with his championship shirt :)I think Jared wants to continue with baseball, probably to sign up for the fall season and then for spring. He does SO well hitting now! It's been fun to see his progress! Go Jared! :)
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